NBII Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Site

For more information about Fishes nationwide, visit the NBII Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (NBII-FAR) Web site [http://far.nbii.gov/]. There you can find further Web resources on fishes and aquatic organisms and the diverse factors affecting aquatic resources nationally.

The NBII Fisheries and Aquatic Resources site features species information and lists, population and habitat maps and data, information about endangered species, freshwater and marine fishes, and conservation initiatives such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Fish Hatchery System.

The NBII helps you stay informed about upcoming conferences and meetings and find NBII-FAR partners including:

Bullet point American Fisheries Society
Bullet point FishBase
Bullet point National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fisheries Program
Bullet point U.S. Geological Survey, Fisheries, Aquatic and Endangered Resources Program
Bullet point U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Fisheries and Habitat Conservation

For more about fishes in the Southeast, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program, Southeast Region Web site and the U.S. Geological Survey Florida Integrated Science Center Southeastern Aquatic Fauna Web site.

Water Resources

The Southeastern United States has abundant water resources. The region is home to three major river drainages, including the lower Mississippi River, the Mobile River, and the Tennessee River. Diversity of organisms depending on these freshwater ecosystems is remarkable, making the Southeastern U.S. a globally significant center of freshwater fish and freshwater invertebrate diversity.

The region is also in the midst of a long-term period of drought. Drought affects both the availability of water and the quality of water and presents a significant regional resource management challenge.

Featured management tools for water resources in the Southeastern U.S. are presented on this page.

Thumbnail image of Streamflow map. [Image: U.S. Geological Survey] Current Streamflow Data
The U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division provides real-time streamflow data for the nation through the WaterWatch program. The real-time data reflects current conditions over a short-term period of several hours and is gathered from stream gages at monitoring points along rivers and streams throughout the nation. This page highlights current streamflow data for Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Thumbnail image of drought at Fontana Dam in North Carolina. [Image: U.S. Geological Survey] Drought Watch Maps
U.S. Geological Survey Drought Watch Maps illustrate the intensity of drought in Southeastern states including Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Thumbnail image of U.S Drought Monitor Map  [Image: U.S. Drought Monitor] U.S. Drought Monitor Data
Each Thursday, the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, and NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, issues a weekly drought assessment called the United States Drought Monitor. This page highlights drought conditions in the South and Southeastern regions.

For more about water, please see the Web resources for water resource management tools below.

Web Resources for Water Resource Management Tools
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U.S. Drought Portal

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From the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS):

"The U.S. Drought Portal is part of the interactive system to:

  • Provide early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts
  • Assimilate and quality control data about droughts and models
  • Provide information about risk and impact of droughts to different agencies and stakeholders
  • Provide information about past droughts for comparison and to understand current conditions
  • Explain how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts
  • Provide a forum for different stakeholders to discuss drought-related issues"
  • Find Your Watershed

    A water resource is only as clean as its watershed. Also called drainage basins, watersheds include not only rivers and streams, but land surrounding and drained by them. For information about your watershed, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "Surf your Watershed" program offers a watershed search based on a zip code search.